Rehab Group must pay its workers what they are owed

13 February 2023

Limerick Labour Councillor Conor Sheehan has today (Monday 13th February) once again called on the Rehab Group to pay the former Section 38 Rehab Logistics workers in Raheen the redundancy package they are owed.

Cllr Sheehan was speaking after joining the Rehab workers as they staged a protest outside Rehab head office in City West ahead of a Rehab board meeting.

Cllr Sheehan said:

“The recommendation from the Labour Court is as clear as day and completely vindicates the 38 workers who were made redundant from Rehab Logistics in Raheen in early 2021. In its judgement, the court determined that it ‘could find no clear and undisputed basis not to uphold the existing collective agreement and consequently recommended that it be respected.’

“The Rehab Group receives significant funding each year from the State. It has been demonstrated that it can afford to honour the redundancy agreement for these workers who are among the most vulnerable in the state. The Minister for Social Protection must intervene and give a clear call on the management of Rehab to honour the existing redundancy agreement, as endorsed by the Labour Court.

“The way these people have been treated by their former employer is despicable. This is an ageing workforce of vulnerable workers who just want the redundancy package they have earned. These workers have only received a basic statutory redundancy package of approximately one third of what they are owed.

“Rehab receives significant state funding from the Department of Social Protection and Minister Humphreys needs to ask them to respect the industrial relations mechanism of the state and to pay these workers the money Rehab owes them.  Rehab has strung these workers along for nearly two years and they must now fulfil their obligations and pay the workers the redundancy they have earned now.”

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